This summer we are not Disneyland bound. Instead we decided to head to the ocean to experience an entirely different vacation. I have never been to Seaside (in Oregon) when the weather cooperated. Every single time I’ve packed my bathing suit and, with thoughts of warmer days, I’ve chosen to leave the warm clothes behind and every single time Bradley and I have made it to seaside we’ve had to contend with torrential downpours that left our tent and sleeping bags water logged and our spirits sagging. So this summer we didn’t have hard plans on dates so much as we watched the weather reports and waited for an extended forecast of 70-something degree weather. It worked! While we arrived to blustery weather, the clouds burned off and my plan went well. The sun shone and for the first time, I’m wearing a tan earned on the Oregon Coast!

We got to Fort Stevens, set up our tent, unrolled our sleeping bags and headed straight to the beach where the shipwreck is. It was so windy and hazy that vision was weird and our eyes watered the whole time we were there. But that did not deter my ocean hungry family as they swooped among the waves, set to work on moving logs and rolled in the sand. You may think I’m talking about my dog, but seriously, our kids ROLLED in the sand, rubbed their heads in it, made sand angels… They were filthy and incredibly satisfied within the first few moments of arriving.
Afterwards we cleaned up and headed to the arcade to burn through some bucks. It was a lot of fun! We all went to bed chilly, but excited for the next day’s ocean fun!


The Peter Iredale! We used to go here every summer whenI was a kid. We’d do Cannon Beach, Lincoln city, Seaside, and depoe bay. Salt water taffy was the bomb (can’t stand it now) funny how things change…

Deb O'Brien added these pithy words on Jul 24 13 at 8:38 pm
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Salt of the Seaside: Day One


Gigi Said

  • Topless Tapas 2012-11-03 18:44:52-

    Tami was leaving to go out with her friend and the kids begged to go with her. I said, "you don't want to go with mom, she is going to the Tapas bar and we are going to stay here and play games."

    Gigi stiffened, "That's weird", she said as she blushed. I processed fast and realized the problem. "TAPAS bar. It means 'small plate', not TOPLESS bar!"

Jude Said

  • Nicknames 2013-01-04 21:30:33-

    The checker at the store asked our always conversational little boy what his name was. He replied "Jude" then added "but sometimes they call me pumpkin brown". LOL.

    And they are right. We call him that after the folksong that we sing sometimes.

A long time ago…